Hey there! The past few months I’ve been reading a lot about minimalism. It has inspired me so much to de-clutter our life! It’s slowly becoming a lifestyle for me. Things are becoming much simpler and my household running much smoother. Here is 3 ways minimalism has affected my life.
- First off, the obvious thing that has changed since being inspired by minimalism is the amount of stuff/clutter we have. After reading about what minimalism is and watching videos of people with the mindset of having less, I started going through my home and evaluating exactly how much stuff we had. And let me tell you, it was a definite wake up call! This led me to start searching for ideas about how to de-clutter and organize my home. In my search I came across people using what is called the Konmari method. I’m a Christian and do not agree with spiritual part of the book, but I do love her method of declutter and organizing. It’s the idea of only keeping things that you actually use and need or if it “sparks joy” Also to have a place for everything, and for you to be able to see every single item you put away. This is to rid of cluttered drawers and piled up closets.
- It saves us money. Because being a minimalist means only having what you need, I don’t spend as much money when I shop. I have become more conscientious of everything I buy. I only purchase things I know we need or will use, and I think about if I have the storage /space for it. I’m continually working to de-clutter my home and make it more functional. This makes bringing more stuff into my house very off-putting, so it keeps me from going on any crazy shopping sprees(not that I ever have done that;-)).
- It’s not only motivated me to declutter my home, but also my mind of unprofitable, idle thoughts. It’s helped me with contentment and gives me more time for other things; like reading my bible, praying and spending time with my family. How often do we get caught up in the fantasy that we have to have all of the nicest name brand things, nice homes and cars, keep busy and be apart of whatever activity to keep up with the Joneses? There’s nothing wrong with having nice things and being involved in activities, but are they keeping your mind and time so tied up that you don’t focus on what’s really important in life? My kids are growing up so fast, I don’t want to miss this precious time with them because I’m so busy trying to keep a cluttered home cleaned. Or I’m too busy being involved in activities or things like social media. Or my husband to have to work over and I take a job to pay for nicer things. I encourage you to re-evaluate how you spend your time and thoughts. Is there any thing you need to de-clutter? Try to look at it through a minimalist’s perspective. Do you really need that in your life?
I hope you enjoyed reading about how I’ve applied minimalism to my life. I want to post more on the idea and in detail how we’re de-cluttering our home. Please subscribe!